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In Memory of Deborah Laake

Deborah Laake, former staff writer, columnist, editor and executive at New Times, died Sunday in Charleston, South Carolina. She took her own life, ingesting an overdose of pills. Laake, 47, was best known for her best-selling book Secret Ceremonies: A Mormon Woman's Intimate Diary of Marriage and Beyond. The book,...
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THE YEAR OF LIVING LITERALLYBEST-SELLING AUTHOR DEBORAH LAAKE SURVIVES SUCCESS, CONTROVERSY, MALIGNANCY

26 years ago by Michael Kiefer
As of last Sunday, Deborah Laake's book Secret Ceremonies sat at No. 11 on the New York Times Bestseller List for paperback nonfiction after nine weeks on the list. Laake is a staff writer for New Times and an executive managing editor for the five cities in which New Times...
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Chuck Cecil, University of Arizona Football Great, Enters College Hall of Fame

9 years ago by Paul Rubin
We remember The Play like it was yesterday, to steal a clich'e, though it was almost a quarter-century ago, November 1986.     It was a bright, sunny afternoon in Tucson, and we were right down on the field, parallel to the action inside Arizona's 10-yard-line on the south side...
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Immigrant Song My hat is off to David Holthouse, again, on his near-suicidal venture into Agua Prieta reporting on the departure gate of the illegal immigrant underground railway that ends in Garfield, Wilson, Balsz, Grant Park and the other "communities of first arrival" in downtown Phoenix ("Fresh Game," February 3)...
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Journalist of the Year

For the third year in a row, a New Times writer has been named Arizona's top print journalist. Deborah Laake won the Arizona Press Club's Virg Hill Journalist of the Year Award at the club's annual banquet on Saturday night. Staff writer Terry Greene was last year's winner, and staff...
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Check Into the Motel for the Dead at the Icehouse on Dia de los Muertos

10 years ago by Kathleen Vanesian
In the past 20 years or so, Americans of all ethnicities throughout the country -- especially here in the Southwest -- have been making a big deal of Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican Day of the Dead celebration that spans several days and just happens to coincide with All...
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Letters

Jerry's Skids Deborah Laake's "Our Hero" piece (March 26) on Jerry Colangelo was a masterful piece of writing. It's the only truly objective piece I've ever seen on the subject. Very fair, very interesting. T. Arthur Meyers Scottsdale I enjoyed your article on Jerry Colangelo. I think it was as...
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A RACIST STATE?

24 years ago by Deborah Laake
"It's a goddamn racist state and no one will say that. It just pisses me the hell off." That's the opinion of Rick DeGraw, the Democratic consultant who ran the grassroots portion of the campaign for Proposition 302. He's not speaking on a hunch, either. In 1988, DeGraw worked against...
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Press Club Honors Silverman

New Times staff writer Amy Silverman was named the state's top journalist Saturday by the Arizona Press Club. It marks the sixth consecutive year that a New Times journalist has claimed the coveted Virg Hill Journalist of the Year trophy. Silverman, 33, was honored for a 1999 portfolio of work...
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Dome Luck

22 years ago by Michael Lacey
"I'm having a terrible life," said Colin. The two ladies who heard his lament burst into strangled hoots. Unlike some you might point to, this pair of women were not entirely insensitive to a man's pain. One was even his mother. But Colin is only 5 years old. Naturally he...

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